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History of St Malo

Some facts about the pirate town, Saint Malo

The Saint-Malo's history dates back to ancient times, when this region corresponds to the old maritime center of the Gallic people Coriosolites, based in the city of Aleth (current district of Saint-Servan).

With the discovery of the Americas and the development of trade with India that Saint-Malo takes off and is enriched considerably. The city even proclaimed its independence four years. Shipowners become more numerous and characters of that time are the hallmark of the city, Jacques Cartier discovered Canada, corsairs harass merchant and military navies, such Duguay-Trouin and Surcouf later. Others illustrate in science, as Maupertuis, or in letters and politics as Chateaubriand. The shipowners are building private houses called Malouinières. With 218 négrières shipments 17 and 18th century Saint Malo face the 5th largest French ports.

The climax of Saint-Malo ends at the French Revolution that did not save. Saint-Malo then continues to develop fisheries, including Newfoundland. At the end of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Saint-Malo developing tourism, thanks to its beaches. During World War II, Saint-Malo is particularly affected, the city was devastated by American bombing in 1944. Almost entirely rebuilt to the original after the war, Saint-Malo is now an important summer tourist center, fishing port and marina.

Saint Malo Our hotel will offer you upon your arrival to make walks on foot or bicycles for your enjoyment!

The Must Walk for all our visitors: The tour of the ramparts

This walk offers great views of the surrounding area of ​​Saint Malo and its coast. From Porte St. Thomas, going to the assault of St Malo and its ramparts. Progress at your own pace and discover the Bidouane tower, the old powder magazine, the bastion of Holland, Grand 'Porte and its two towers with battlements, and finally the Porte Saint-Vincent. Main entrance of the city, this gate dates from the early eighteenth century.

We also offer three circuits to do in St Malo :